Nerve and Soft Tissue

Whether reconstructive surgery is required for the hands, face or another area, nerve and soft tissue reconstruction are likely to be part of the equation. A plastic surgeon is the best option for these procedures in most cases to provide a positive aesthetic outcome as well as restored function. Dr Thomas offers nerve and soft tissue reconstruction options to both adult and paediatric patients suffering from a congenital defect, developing condition or injury.


Nerve and soft tissue reconstruction surgery may be required for any of the following:

  • Congenital hand deformities like syndactyly, polydactyly and underdeveloped thumbs
  • Disfiguring hand conditions like Dupuytren’s contracture and trigger finger
  • Hand injuries, such as amputations and severe lacerations
  • Congenital facial deformities
  • Facial trauma causing facial deformities

About the Procedure

Surgical procedures for nerve and soft tissue reconstruction will vary, based on the specific concern to address. Dr Thomas will discuss the best timing for surgery with his patients, as well as the most suitable technique. Special care will be taken to provide aesthetically pleasing results as well as full function whenever possible. Procedures may be performed as day surgery under local or general anaesthesia. Some patients may require a night or more in the hospital, depending on the extensiveness of the procedure.

See Before and Afters

What to Expect after Surgery

Recovery from soft tissue and nerve reconstruction will also vary, depending on the procedure performed. In some cases, patients may require post-surgical therapy to restore function. Dr Thomas partners with both physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide his patients a comprehensive recovery process.

Nerve and soft tissue reconstruction are best handled by a skilled plastic surgeon that will be as concerned about aesthetic results as function. Dr Thomas works with patients with a wide range of birth defects, conditions and injuries to help restore function and appearance. To learn more about these procedures or schedule your personal consultation with Dr Thomas, contact him on 03 9034 7738.